[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: January 3, 2005
Donald Bruce Stewart
dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Mon Jan 2 22:54:44 EST 2006
Haskell Weekly News: January 3, 2005
Greetings, and thanks for reading the 18th issue of HWN, a weekly
newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Monday, new editions will
be posted (as text) to the Haskell mailing list and (as HTML) to
The Haskell Sequence.
This issue brings a change to the Haskell Weekly News as Don Stewart
takes over from John Goerzen as editor. Thanks goes to John for his
excellent work on the first 17 editions!
* Process library. Bulat Ziganshin announced a new library
abstracting over some of the process and concurrency functions in
the standard libraries, using ideas from Unix pipes.
* Djinn. Lennart Augustsson released Djinn, a theorem
prover/coding wizard, that generates Haskell code from a given
type. A lambdabot plugin for Djinn was also written, for use in
* Ranged Sets. Paul Johnson released a ranged sets library 0.0.1
and 0.0.2. Ranged sets allow programming with sets of values
that are described by a list of ranges. A value is a member of the
set if it lies within one of the ranges.
* Hmp3. Don Stewart announced a stable release of hmp3, an
curses-based mp3 player written in Haskell. Portability has
improved, and binaries are available for 5 architectures.
* HSQL. Krasimir Angelov released HSQL 1.7. New features include
a driver for Oracle.
* HDBC. John Goerzen announced the 0.5.0, 0.6.0 and
0.99.0 releases of Haskell Database Connectivity library.
Patterned after Perl's DBI, it includes an Sqlite3 and a
* Shellac. Robert Dockins released Shellac, a framework for
building read-eval-print style shells. This should ease the burden
of binding readline-style interactive shells in Haskell.
* Lambda Shell. Robert Dockins also released v0.1 of Lambda
Shell, a shell environment for evaluating terms of the pure,
untyped lambda calculus. A lambdabot interface for use in #haskell
* Shaskell. David Mercer announced version 0.21a of Shaskell, a
SHA2 library for sha256 and sha512 hashes, written in pure
* hdbc-missingh. John Goerzen announced the initial release of
HDBC-MissingH, a library to add database features to MissingH,
allowing the use of a SQL database as storage for a simple
DBM-like key/value interface.
* Making Haskell More Open. Simon Peyton-Jones reinitiated a
discussion on how to make Haskell more open, and in particular
how to make it easier for Haskell users to contribute.
* The Unboxed Kind. Ashley Yakeley asked about creating type
variables with unboxed kind. This lead to an interesting
discussion about the difficulties that result, including the
problems of polymorphic functions over unboxed values.
Fptools in Darcs. John Goerzen has set up live darcs mirrors of
fptools, ready for testing. With over 13,000 patches in fptools,
you'll want to use --partial.
* Darcs 1.0.5. A stable release of Darcs 1.0.5 was made. This
release includes fixes for Windows, as well as some new features.
* darcsweb. Alberto Bertogli announced darcsweb 0.13, a rather
lovely web interface to darcs repositories.
Quotes of the Week
<sieni> There is no state :-)
<shapr> Haskell separates Church and state.
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